Vice President of Operations Castle & Cooke North Carolina
Mission Support for the North Carolina Research Campus
Mark Spitzer is the Vice President of Operations for Castle & Cooke North Carolina, the company that provides business development support for the NC Research Campus (NCRC). He assumed the position in November 2015 relocating from Westlake, California where he was Director of Human Resources for Castle & Cooke, Inc. In this position, he works closely with NCRC partners and the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) to advance the overall development of the campus while overseeing Castle & Cooke’s real estate, recreational and hospitality operations in and around Kannapolis, North Carolina, where the NCRC is located.
Spitzer was chosen by David Murdock, the founder of the NCRC, to lead North Carolina operations because of his 35 years of professional and management roles in academia, construction and human resources. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California and completed an MBA at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He worked at both universities, and at UCLA improved collaboration and cost management efforts in concert with academic and administrative departments. He later strengthened the leadership and collaborative skills of the management and executive teams at Flying Tigers, Rockwell International and National Medical Enterprises. He also built a successful residential remodeling business before returning to corporate life in the late 1990s as director of executive compensation at Computer Sciences Corporation and later as director of human resources in the corporate offices of Dole Food Company and Castle & Cooke, Inc.